Banister Varnish / Stain?


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Colin Green

Hi,

Following a loft conversion I have some new stairs - the banister wood is nothing special (light coloured / pine) but I think I'd like to keep the wood effect by varnishing rather than painting over.

I've started by filling gaps with wood filler, next I'll sand down but fromthere I don't know whether it would be ok to varnish right away or if it'sadvisable to stain/oil or whatever first. I think the light pine colour isfine as it is, as is the contrast level of the grain, so my instinct is not to stain. But then I've only ever painted woodwork before now so I'm not sure if there are pitfalls to avoid here.

All advice welcome.

Cheers,

Colin.
 
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Dave Plowman (News)

Following a loft conversion I have some new stairs - the banister wood
is nothing special (light coloured / pine) but I think I'd like to keep
the wood effect by varnishing rather than painting over.
I've started by filling gaps with wood filler, next I'll sand down but
from there I don't know whether it would be ok to varnish right away or
if it's advisable to stain/oil or whatever first. I think the light pine
colour is fine as it is, as is the contrast level of the grain, so my
instinct is not to stain. But then I've only ever painted woodwork
before now so I'm not sure if there are pitfalls to avoid here.
All advice welcome.
My main stairs have mahogany - or rather I think it is - a dark red wood.
The attic ones were added afterwards and are a much lighter wood which was
painted. I didn't like this as you can see them both from some angles. I
removed the paint and experimented with different stains and a coat of
varnish which alters the colour of the stain. After about 6 attempts I got
a match I'm happy with. Used Wicks Professional Exterior clear varnish,
which I found worked best thinned about 50:50 and applied 6 coats with a
rub down with very fine wet or dry used wet between coats. It looks good
and has proved durable.
 
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Steve Firth

Colin Green said:
Hi,

Following a loft conversion I have some new stairs - the banister wood is
nothing special (light coloured / pine) but I think I'd like to keep the
wood effect by varnishing rather than painting over.
Just finished building a staircase. It has been stained in medium oak using
Liberon stain and the treated with Danish oil for a finish. Much better
than varnish IMO.

I built the staircase, my wife stained and oiled it. She has done an
exceptional job.
 
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Colin Green

Thanks everyone for the advice, much appreciated. Me thinks it would be wise to experiment on some spare spindles I have with the options posted.

Will endeavour to post back my final choice.

Colin
 

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